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Local cardiologist Dr. Roshan Mathew is suing Owensboro Health Regional Hospital along with two physicians — one currently at OH and one who formerly worked there. The civil suit alleges two physicians defamed Mathew with false allegations, resulting in his practice losing patients and staff.
Mathew is the owner of Advanced Cardiology of Owensboro. The suit names the defendants as Owensboro Health, Dr. George Dunham, and Dr. Karen Paape as defendants. Dunham works for OH, while Paape now works in Covington, Louisiana. The lawsuit was filed last week by Louisville attorney Michael Merrick.
According to the suit, Mathew has practiced interventional cardiology in and around Owensboro for two decades. It says in that time he was given full privileges to practice at OHRH, and those privileges have never been limited or suspended.
The suit says that Mathew joined the medical staff at OH in 2004 as a private cardiologist working for the Green River Heart Institute. The complaint says that around 2010 OH bought Green River, making Mathew a hospital employee.
According to the suit, Mathew voluntarily resigned from the hospital in 2016 to begin his own practice.
“Certain administrators and hospital-employed cardiologists with this development, and they began to regard Dr. Mathew more as a competitor than as a colleague,” according to the complaint.
The suit states that for the first few years, Mathew’s private practice referred many surgery cases to Vanderbilt University Center in...